Marco Rubio Doesn't Care If You Lose Your Job Because of the Sequester, But Rick Scott Does

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Congress has until midnight tomorrow to avoid the threat of a sequester, and Florida's two most prominent Republicans seem to have different attitudes on the situation. Sen. Marco Rubio, oddly, doesn't think sequestration is ideal, but doesn't seem to mind it too much. He told Fox News this morning that focusing on "those programs that most impact people" is a "time-tested tactic" to "create outrage."

Gov. Rick Scott, however, came out with a stern letter directed to President Obama and the Congress. "If your administration fails to do its job to responsibly manage the budget, thousands of Floridians will lose their jobs," Scott wrote.

Scott doesn't seem too concerned about possible cuts to social programs like Medicare and treatment for HIV/AIDS patients, but more about the effects to the Defense Department. Scott points out that the defense industry contributes $73.4 billion to Florida's economy and 754,000 job in the state each year. He outlines all the negative effects sequestration cuts could have on the industry in Florida. Check out his full letter here.

Rubio doesn't seem particularly concerned with any of the specific negative effects of sequestration.

"This is not the best way to do it, but it's better than raising taxes as an alternative and it's better than doing nothing," he told Fox.

"I think this idea of somehow making the cuts as painful as possible, in essence, focusing them on those programs that most impact people, as a way to create outrage, is a time-tested tactic that's used all the time at the state level when people, for example, threaten to cut some program or another. So, look, I think the bottom line is, yes, this is not the best way to do it, but we're not going to walk away from this in exchange for tax increases."

Rubio's line of thinking seems to be that while the Sequester isn't ideal, its preferable to what he perceives the long term damage would be stemming from raising taxes and not getting the country's debt under control.

"I mean those cuts, those things that people are going to face is nothing compared to what this nation is going to face if we continue to spend a trillion dollars a year more than we take in," he said.

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I adored how Mr. Scott made a live appearance on TV and tried to use the word "Veterans" to impress the legal audience of Florida. When in actuality he allows Veterans and other good people to become felons due to alleged misdemeanors, because we have 5 types of felonies in lieu of three. A hearsay affidavit could be written against a hero and in his state they without a trial are evil criminals. You ass hole are the criminal.


I'm pretty sure I lost my job and family because of Rick Scott.


I'm pretty sure I lost my job and family because of Rick Scott.

drakemallard topcommenter

it time to recall or vote this assclown out of office

We could solve a LOT of problems in this country if we just required that politicians live by the same rules as the rest of us.

Put THEM in 401-K's and Social Security for their retirement; put THEM in Medicare; have THEM follow the same "truth in advertising" laws businesses have to follow, let THEM pay for their own vacations instead of the taxpayers sending them on junkets; have THEM obey the law on discriminatory employment practices,Make Politicians Take a Pay Cut Before Cutting Money from Education and Social Services!

Hey they should   cut their own benefits and services. no more lifetime benefits for 4 years of service!

They should NOT be getting lifetime health coverage when they have the money to pay on their own!

Their pay should be whatever the median wage is in America for the previous year. If median wage goes down they take a pay cut, if median wage goes up, they get a raise. That way we know they will be working for us.


Toad! The man is a toad.

miamitrev2 topcommenter

ahahaha  ahahahaha  congrats on the most slanted MNT headline of the year

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